The present call for proposals aims to improve collaboration and cooperation across the European Research Area in the area of sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and decentralised transformation systems, in particular small scale multi-input, multi-product biorefinery concepts. It aims as well at supporting local innovation and value creation from biomass and biorefineries in synergy with the environmentally sustainable intensification of biomass production taking into account the required economic, environmental and social conditions and resilience to climate change. Strong synergies between agricultural production and the food and processing/chemical industry are required for any biorefinery concept, therefore the inclusion of both production and transformation sectors is essential.
The call invites proposals for collaborative research and development of transnational consortia of research organisations and companies from at least 2 countries participating in the call. The duration of proposed projects may be up to 36 months. National eligibility rules, including the potential eligibility of the private sector, e.g. SMEs, must be followed and will be published together with the call text on www.faccesurplus.org. Non-eligible partners may join at their own expense.
Application procedures & Evaluation criteria
The submission of the proposal occurs online at www.submission-faccejpi.com. A partnering tool will be available. In a two-stage submission process, at first the planned work is presented as a pre-proposal which will be checked for eligibility. Successful consortia at pre-proposal stage will be invited to submit a full proposal which will be evaluated by independent experts.